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A recent enhancement to the E-Verify program detects and prevents the potential fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSN) for employment eligibility verification, thus helping to combat identity fraud. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) press release issued on November 18, 2013, announced that the new safeguard enables USCIS to lock a Social Security number that appears to be misused by an individual, protecting it from further potential misuse in E-Verify.

When an employee attempts to use a locked Social Security number, E-Verify will generate a “Tentative Nonconfirmation” (TNC). The employee receiving the TNC will have the opportunity to contest the finding at a local Social Security Administration (SSA) field office. If the employee contests the TNC and the SSA field office confirms the employee’s identity correctly matches the SSN, the TNC result will automatically be updated to an “Employment Authorized” status in E-Verify.

E-Verify is offered by the Department of Homeland Security and allows employers to quickly verify the employment eligibility of new employees.